Packaging Engineering Students Take First in PACK Solutions Challenge

Putting their packaging engineering skills to the test, a School of Engineering team of students came out on top winning the 2013 PACK Solutions Challenge during the Pack Expo annual trade show held in Las Vegas September 23 to 25, 2013. As first place winners, Rutgers Packaging Engineering students Miles Borgeson, Diane Jones, Diana Mayorga, and Marie Misterio will share a $4,000 scholarship from the PMMI Education and Training Foundation.

This year’s Pack Solutions Challenge asked six competing university teams to create and present proposals for a fictional company’s packaging line for mouthwash bottles, said Misterio, a School of Engineering senior.

In addition to Rutgers Engineering, the six packaging programs participating in this year’s competition included Cal Poly State University, Clemson University, Purdue University Calumet, University of Florida, and Virginia Tech.

Of the six competing teams, only Rutgers students had engineering backgrounds. According to Hae Chang Gea, professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Rutgers and director of the Packaging Engineering program, “Our students are able to compete at the highest level because they are trained as engineers, paying close attention to detail, mechanics, and research.”

The Rutgers Packaging Engineering program is the second oldest in the nation and is the only packaging program housed within an engineering school.

This year’s Pack Solutions Challenge judges came from a range of consumer packaged goods companies, including Teva, Schreiber Foods, Inc., Chattem, Pepsi Beverages Company, Keurig, DRV Coaching & Consulting, Inc.

The PACK Solutions Challenge is sponsored by PMMI, the Association for Packaging and Processing Technologies, a trade association representing over 600 packaging and processing supply chain companies that provide a full range of packaging and processing machinery, materials, components and containers. 

Students pictured above (l to r): Diana Mayorga, Miles Borgeson, Diane Jones, and Marie Misterio.